How to Find a Good SQL Server Recruiter
In today’s professional world, more and more companies are outsourcing their hiring needs, and partnering with staffing companies to identify and provide talented employees, including technical resources. Therefore, it’s becoming more advantageous to work with a Recruiter to identify job opportunities, get your resume in front of a hiring Manager, line up interviews and job offers. Candidates are facing new challenges and frustrations as a result of working with Recruiters as liaisons for many of the jobs they want to consider, especially since the staffing industry is made up of thousands of organizations and experiences higher turnover than many other industries. Many candidates, especially ones who post their resumes, are getting flooded with voicemails and emails from lots of Recruiters. How can you identify a Recruiter who’ll be a good advocate for you and who’ll look out for your best interest?
Finding not only a good staffing firm, but a good Recruiter who’ll act as a true partner to you in your job search, is challenging. However, it’s certainly feasible to do so, and building a relationship with a quality Recruiter who’s concerned with both the best interests of their clients and the candidates they work with can be extremely beneficial. Here are my main suggestions for finding quality Recruiters:
Ask for referrals for SQL Server Recruiters
As in many areas of life, the best options often come from referrals. You can ask current or previous co-workers, members of your fellow technical community, or anyone else in your network if they know of a Recruiter they trust and would recommend.
Search LinkedIn for SQL Server Recruiters
Another tactic you could try is utilizing LinkedIn’s Advanced Search Feature to search for ‘Recruiter’ on LinkedIn within a mileage range. I honestly can’t think of a Recruiter I know who isn’t on LinkedIn. Using this method, you can really scope potential Recruiters out first, and assess their tenure, track record, and potentially their primary recruiting focus areas. Many Recruiters will advertise the typical skill sets and technologies they recruit for, and a lot of good Recruiters will have recommendations from candidates they’ve placed. If you come across a seemingly good Recruiter in an online search, you can connect with them and send a message or email introduction stating who you are, your status in the job market, your specialties, what you’re looking for, etc.
***You can filter by your connections to get search results of Recruiters you’ve been connected with in the past!***
Meet SQL Server Recruiters Through Local Technical Communities
If a Recruiter is a regular attendee at your local SQL Server group meeting, the odds are that they probably recruit for jobs that use that technology. Also, it seems that most Recruiters who are involved in user groups are more tenured and knowledgeable, at least from personal experience. You can also ask the user group leaders if they have any Recruiters they recommend, as they likely have met and worked with several of them, since staffing companies typically are sponsors of their local user groups.
Monitor SQL Server Job Postings
Many staffing firms have Recruiters that not only focus on placing IT Professionals, but focus on a specific skill set, such as SQL Server Database Developers and DBAs. If you are registered to receive job postings from sources like Indeed, CareerBuilder, Monster or Dice, you might start to see trends in firms that are frequently looking for someone with your background, and potentially even start to see the same Recruiter’s name across multiple similar positions. Many Recruiters will even brand themselves as a ‘Database Recruiter.’ Take note of that person, and reach out to them, even if you’re not interested and/or qualified for that particular opening. Odds are that if they are a skill set aligned Recruiter who typically focuses on recruiting candidates similar to your background, they’ll likely get a position that would interest you at some point!
Open a brief dialogue with relevant Recruiters who reach out to you
As Recruiters contact you, you can be proactive in your “screening” of them, and then opening lines of communication with the ones who are local and credible. Chances are, you get several calls, emails and/or LinkedIn messages from Recruiters each month if you have your resume posted, are active via certain social media/networking channels like LinkedIn, or are in their database. As you meet, get an email or message from a local Recruiter, especially one who seems to understand your skill set, don’t be afraid to start the dialogue, even if you’re not actively looking. All of the quality Recruiters I know would welcome the opportunity to speak with you, and provide an introduction of who they are and how they might be able to help you if and when you decide to enter the job market. You can always initiate an introductory conversation that can be revisited later.
Additional Options to Find a SQL Server Recruiter
Some additional suggestions for identifying potential Recruiters include searching other Social Media channels, such as Twitter or MeetUp, using online search engines like Google (EX. “Database Recruiter” and Baltimore), meeting at job fairs and/or meeting at other technology related events, like code camps, conferences, etc.
If you know of a reputable IT staffing firm in your area, you could even call into the company and ask to be connected to the Recruiter who supports SQL Server openings.
- Do you want to be proactive and start identifying a couple
of Recruiters who could be good Partners to you if and when you decide to start
your job search? If so, here are a
- Build relationships with good Recruiters as they contact you. If a Recruiter contacts you who appears to focus on partnering with Database professionals, or whatever skill set that aligns with your background, open a short dialogue with them and somehow save their information.
- Setup an organizational method for keeping track of Recruiters you might want to work with. Whether it’s saving them as a contact in your phone (EX. Erin Smith, SQL Recruiter, ABC Company), having a ‘Recruiter’ folder in your email, saving their business cards in one place, using a ‘Contact Categorizer’ type application, etc. it’ll be extremely beneficial later on to find a way to efficiently keep track of quality Recruiters. I’ve been able to place several IT Professionals who’ve reached out to me years after I initially contacted them.
- Sign up for job alerts. If you get emailed a job posting which has a Recruiter who’s labeled as a ‘Database’ or ‘SQL Recruiter,’ it’s probably worth adding that email/posting to your newly created ‘Recruiter’ folder in your Inbox!
- Make 2-3 connections now via LinkedIn. If you have some free time and want to be proactive, search through LinkedIn, review some Recruiters profiles (including recommendations), and if any catch your eye, send them an invitation to connect. Remember, you can search for ‘Recruiter’ in your first degree connections later on when you enter the job market, so it doesn’t hurt to get connected now.
- If you’re actively in the job market right now, here are
some additional suggestions:
- Ask for referrals from your network - You can get both names of potential staffing firms and the names of specific Recruiters.
- Contact some of the “big players” in the IT staffing world - Call into a couple of the larger staffing firms who focus on placing IT professionals and simply ask to be connected to the Recruiter who works on your primary role.
- Increase community involvement - Get involved in your local technical community/user group (this can provide some good job leads!) and ask other members for names of Recruiters they’d recommend.
- Contact Recruiters who’ve reached out to you before - Go through emails you may have gotten in the past from Recruiters and reach back out to them.
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